Are Trout South African (Stories of Fish, People and Places)

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Are trout as South African as braaivleis, biltong and Mrs Balls chutney? Duncan Brown, academic, literary critic, author and fisherman, explores questions about. Are Trout South African? explores questions about the complex community of humans, fauna and flora that make up South Africa. 'South Africanness' usually.

The Rainbow Trout can grow in excess of 20 kilograms, however in South Africa fish up to 8 kilograms have been recorded in stocked venues and fish tipping the scales close to 6 kilograms have been taken from the Eastern Cape rivers and streams. Fly fishing for these fish is the most popular way to catch them in South Africa and there are so many locations in our Country where one could cast a fly at these fish.

Depending on where you are fishing, will depend on what tackle you use. Generally when fishing small streams and rivers you are targeting smaller fish, and fish that are more skittish because they are wildly spawned, or semi wild because they have been stocked.

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You normally would fish floating line and a weight fly rod, with optimum weight rod being a 3. The rod should not exceed 8 foot, due to the shadow it casts on the water, and because you normally have obstacles like trees and bushes to contend with. Your tippet should be as light as possible, between 6 and 9x Read more about Tippets and Leaders , and your flies, whether they are dries, nymphs or streamers should be small and natural coloured, and should also imitate the food in the immediate section of the river or stream.

Stillwaters are fished a lot more than the wild streams in South Africa, and there are a huge variety of techniques that you can use in stillwater systems.

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Stillwaters basically refer to any large body of water that is does not have a flow or a large body of calm water that is not a river. The normal tackle that should be used for stillwater Trout is floating, intermediate or sinking line, a weight fly rod and 3x to 8x tippet.

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There are a lot of stillwater flies , so have a look at the link for the best options. Follow Us On Social Media Fish The Fly knows how everyone loves updates, photo's and videos, so keep updated with all the latest fly fishing news from South Africa below!

South African Trout Species

Brown Trout The Brown Salmo trutta was the first of the Trout species to be introduced into South Africa and thrives quite well, especially in the Dullstroom, Lydenburg, Drakensberg and Western Cape waters, where the water and air temperature is slightly cooler than the rest of the Country. The first successful Brown Trout to be spawned and bred in captivity, in South Africa, was in The attempt to stock many river systems failed, due to the inappropriate conditions.

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Brown Trout occur More favourably in highland areas, especially mountainous regions like Cederberg, Drakensberg, Barkly, Dullstroom and so on. The Brown Trout in South Africa thrive in waters between 7 and 22 degrees, and anything over 22 degrees, they struggle to cope with, as they are not as adaptable as the Rainbow Trout.

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The long term goal was to breed Rainbow Trout as well, and after their initial introduction in , the Western Cape were successfully breeding them domestically in From this point of introduction and success, we have never looked back, except for recent times where there has been a question on how the Trout species have impacted areas where they were introduced. The Rainbow Trout are perfectly at home in South Africa and hopefully they will be for years to come.


Fly Fishing has been around since the 2nd century AD, making it arguably the oldest form of artificial fishing. From when the first Trout were introduced into South African waters, there have been Fly Fishermen chasing them.

And today we have some of the best fly fishermen and fly tiers in the World. There are even some innovative techniques and some flies that are being used Worldwide.

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Trout normally require clear, aerated water, preferably less than 21 degrees Celsius. Flowing water is essential for breeding to take place, Trout cannot bread in Stillwaters. Males reach full breeding maturity after 2 years. Breeding season is between June and September and is called spawning season.

Spawning still takes place in Stillwater, even though breeding is unsuccessful. Normally, Trout in South Africa have a life span of around years, this is due to the conditioning of the fish and the fact they are not in their preferred exact environment.

This is why they do not reach the sizes of the Trout in North America or Europe. South African trout waters are small by international standards, more streams than rivers, yet the average size of the trout caught is still fairly large. Most of the rivers produce fish of up to 3 kgs, and in the Barkly East area river fish up to 5kgs have been recorded.